Capsicum are known by different names and available in different bright colors. I like the green one. I often use green one to make sambar, for topping the pizza and for subzis. I found this chutney in a Tv show so I thought of making this as a side dish for idly. This is very simple to make dish and great in taste and flavor. Capsicum, onion, tomato, red chillies and dals are roasted in oil, ground to a fine paste and finally tempering added to it. It goes well with idly or dosa.
2 Green Medium Size Capsicum (Bell Pepper)
1 Large Red onion
1 Large Tomato
2 Garlic Cloves
2-3 Red Chillies
2 Tsp of Urad dal
1 Tsp of Chenna dal
Blueberry or Small Gooseberry Size of Tamarind
1 -2 Tbsp of Coriander Leaves, chopped
2 Tsp of Oil
Salt and Water as Needed
2 Tsp of Gingelly Oil (Indian Sesame Oil)
1 Tsp of Mustard Seeds
1 Tsp of Urad Dal
Few Curry Leaves
- Heat oil in a pan, add urad dal and channa dal, roast this for few mins until it turns golden brown. Transfer the contents to a plate and keep this aside.
- In the same pan, add oil, red chillies, garlic cloves, onion fry this for 2 mins until onion turns golden brown.
- Add tomato, fry this until it turns mushy.
- Add capsicum, fry this for a min, add tamarind and coriander leaves, fry this for another min and turn off the flame. Let this mixture cool down for 5 mins.
- In a blender(mixie), add urad dal, chenna dal and capsicum-tomato mixture, add 1/4 cup of water and grind it to a smooth paste.
- Heat oil in a pan, when it is hot, add mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves, after it splutters, pour this over the chutney.
- Capsicum chutney is ready to be served with idly or dosa.
- You can do the same recipe with red capsicum.
- If you don't want tamarind in your chutney, instead you can add 2 tomatoes, for tangy taste.
- Adjust the amount of red chillies according to your taste.
- You can use green chillies instead of red chillies.
Health Benefits of Capsicum/Bell Pepper
- Low in calories and fat.
- Reduces triglycerides levels, thereby enhancing the metabolism.
- Rich source of vitamin A, C, betacarotene and anti-oxidants.
- Good for digestion.
- Treat arthritis and shingles.
- Blood clotting properties.
- Prevents cancer.
Labels: Budget Meals, Chutney, Side Dishes, South Indian Recipes